“My best memory about being in boys basketball is just bonding with the guys. They have become my second family, and I just love spending time with them each day.”
– Jacob Ries
Tryouts for the girls and boys basketball team took place from Oct. 31–Nov. 5 at Red Mountain High School to decide this year’s teams. Since this week, the two teams have been training diligently to reach their goals.
“Our major goal is by the end of the year having our team play to the best of their ability,” Girls Basketball Coach Appel said. “Our team goal is to be sure to make it to the Final Four.”
The team is working towards playing at the Final Four where four finalists play in the championship games before State. In the game against the Arcadia team, the girls basketball team mounted a comeback within the second half of the game with a score of 60 – 53. Due to the win, this has placed the team to open the season at a score of 4 – 0 and has named Samantha Shoemake and Amaya West to the Moon Valley All Tournament Team. To try to get some extra practice in, the girls junior varsity basketball team was given the opportunity to play a game at the Arizona Talking Stick Resort Arena on Jan. 7.
“When I first heard about playing at Talking Stick, my first reaction was that it was really cool,” junior Heavyn Jordan said. “It’s really a great opportunity.”
Along with the girls junior varsity and freshman basketball teams who practice six days a week, the boys basketball team meets for two and a half hours in the gym. Both teams are working to make it to State.
“We strive to commit to the process and improve daily, both individually and collectively as a team,” Boys Basketball Coach Fazio said. “If we can focus on those things, all of the other stuff will take care of itself.”
The boys basketball team plays 18 regular season games and eight tournament games over Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
“My best memory about being in boys basketball is just bonding with the guys,” senior Jacob Ries said. ”They have become my second family, and I just love spending time with them each day.”
With Red Mountain spirit, both teams continue to train multiple days a week to prepare for upcoming games. For more information on either girls or boys basketball, go to http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/programs.
(Featured Photo By Sarah McLaughlin-Baize)